Poland's Last King and English Culture: Stanislaw August Poniatowski, 1732-1798

Poland's Last King and English Culture: Stanislaw August Poniatowski, 1732-1798

by Richard Butterwick
     
 

The attempt by Stanislaw August Poniatowski (1764-95) "to create anew the Polish world" was one of the most audacious enterprises of reform undertaken by any enlightened monarch in the eighteenth century. Inspired by his love of England, the king's efforts helped bring about a flourishing of Polish culture and a constitution admired across Europe. They

Overview

The attempt by Stanislaw August Poniatowski (1764-95) "to create anew the Polish world" was one of the most audacious enterprises of reform undertaken by any enlightened monarch in the eighteenth century. Inspired by his love of England, the king's efforts helped bring about a flourishing of Polish culture and a constitution admired across Europe. They also provoked the revenge of Russia and the partitioning of the state. With new perspectives on the successes and limitations of the Polish Enlightenment, this book presents a dynamic interpretation of European culture in the eighteenth century.

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"Butterwick's superb study...is an important contribution....throws Stanislaw and his reign into a new, positive light."—Choice

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198207016
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
05/14/1998
Series:
Oxford Historical Monographs Series
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
1540L (what's this?)

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Queen's University, Belfast

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